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One handed flying

PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:25 pm
by badatflying
I been flying about a year now but just with one hand because I only have use of my right hand.The help I

need is this, Hobbyking sells this "PC Flight Simulator Controller System" it is a onehanded joystick I wood

like to see some one use this and ask them Questions about like how does it work and can you put the throttle

on the fire button? because what I have seen of it has the throttle on the lever.Does anyone know of a

onehanded joystick that I can fly rc plane with? I can fly ok now but I was wanting to do some 3D flying now.
thank's for everyone's time.

Re: One handed flying

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:33 am
by Sid Sideslip
As the fire button is an on/off switch, one solution could be to modify an existing joystick with a thumb slider, mounted near the top, for throttle.

Using a sliding potentiometer to replace the fire button would also work, but it would be very difficult to control, as you would always have to maintain its position against a spring, whereas a thumb slider on the top side near the hat switch would maintain throttle setting with the thumb on or off it.

Re: One handed flying

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:39 am
by Keith
Why stop at a thumb slider... a bit more wire and a few more pieces and you could have a foot throttle... Might need a 'head locking' swivel chair as well..

Re: One handed flying

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:03 pm
by BillGriffiths100
From the information in the files on this joystick and it's connected FPV box it looks as though you could add on a foot pedal.
But the information is not enough to say for sure. If the on off buttons for the non proportional channels use resistor dividers to give the switch positions an electronics savy helper could put a thumb wheel in the stick top for the throttle conversion.
But......... there are only three proportional channels on this joystick what you need is a joystick that has three axes: twist for rudder, forward backward for elevator, side to side for aileron and the thumb wheel at the top for throttle. ... ns.svg.png
The flight link system of RC in the 70's used a three axis joystick and one variant had a throttle in the top. Perhaps someone has an old flight link system with this joystick ready made.....anyone?

Re: One handed flying

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:49 pm
by Shotglass
maybe you could figure out wa way to use the triggers from an xbox pad as the fire buttons on a joystick afaik those arent just buttons but have potentiometers in them (or find a joystick with a trigger that has travel and a twisty bottom for the rudder)

Re: One handed flying

PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:40 am
by rogueqd
What about a head tracker? You could program the head tracker to control the ailerons and elevator (or whatever) and use the joystick as your throttle. Although I guess that would make it hard to keep your eyes on the plane, may be good for FPV. Just a thought.

Re: One handed flying

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:57 am
by Flash1940
I'd bet somebody could design a strain gauge and oral fixture of some sort to do the job. Bite down to go fast....relax for idle...etc. Well's an idea...!!!